Blizzard Defends Activision
It’s no secret that Activision–and its CEO, Bobby Kotick–is not held in the highest regard by gamers. Kotick has been labeled a ruthless businessman who wants to milk gamers for all they’re worth, and comments he’s made during public appearances have not exactly helped dissolve that image.
Since the merger between Blizzard and Activision in 2008, Blizzard fans have accused Activision of crushing Blizzard’s creative autonomy and of being responsible for controversial features added to Blizzard titles, such as StarCraft 2′s Facebook integration.
In an interview with MCV, Blizzard founder Mike Morhaime has come to Kotick’s defense.
I can tell you that Bobby has been very supportive of Blizzard and that we have a great relationship with him. I don’t think the public image that some people have of him is fair or accurate.
Morhaime affirmed that Blizzard has maintained its creative autonomy throughout the merger and did his best to quell the concerns of Blizzard fans.
We wouldn’t have been supportive of the deal had we believed that Bobby and Activision didn’t have an understanding of how special Blizzard entertainment is and weren’t supportive of our values.
We were convinced that they did and that they were doing this for the right reasons, that the two businesses were complementary and that we wouldn’t be giving up our creative autonomy in any way. And that’s exactly how it’s panned out.
Assuming Morhaime is sincere and not brown-nosing, does it really help Kotick’s image to state that he hasn’t interfered with a company that grosses over a billion dollars a year?